Director, Finance and Chief Accounting Officer

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 7 November 2019

Job Description

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Launched in 2000, Gavi is a leading international public-private partnership (PPP) committed to saving children’s lives and protecting people’s health by increasing equitable use of vaccines in lower-income countries. The organisation is seeking to appoint an accomplished individual to become its Director of Finance. The Director will ensure that its Board members are fully supported in their deliberations and that information flows to and from the Board in a way that is effective and leads to clear and acute communication.

Since 2000, Gavi has supported developing countries in the immunisation of over 700 million children saving 10 million lives and generating US$150 billion in economic benefits. The Alliance’s work has helped to reduce child mortality related to vaccine preventable diseases by nearly 60% in 68 Gavi supported countries. New life saving vaccines have been scaled up at an unprecedented rate reducing mortality, morbidity and disability. The number of children in Gavi supported countries who miss out on basic immunisation has been reduced by nearly half from 30 million in 2000 to just about 16 million in 2017. This has been achieved despite a 15% increase in the number of children surviving beyond 12 months in Gavi supported countries since 2000. In 2017 alone, 65 million children were immunised with Gavi supported vaccines. To build upon this progress and take full advantage of the opportunities of 2016-2020, the organisation exceeded its replenishment target at the Gavi replenishment conference in January 2015 and secured $7.54 billion in donor pledges. This will enable the Alliance to fulfil its goal of immunizing more than 300 million additional children, and save 5 to 6 million deaths in the current strategic period of 2016-2020. With as many as 20 countries transitioning out of Gavi’s financial support in this period, however, ensuring that programmes are sustainable in the long-term is essential.

Gavi’s business model combines excellence from both the private and public sectors and a commitment to running a lean organisation that makes a measurable impact upon global health, including the long-term strengthening of health systems. Gavi builds on public sector expertise in health and development, with the acumen of private sector individuals and organisations. The Alliance brings together developed country donors, implementing governments, civil society organisations, research and technical institutes, and vaccine producers with the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, and the World Bank, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), private philanthropists and international financiers to find ways to fund and support immunisation in the world’s poorest countries and advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Making the reach of immunisation near universal and thus foundational to the new SDG vision of Universal Health Coverage would be a key focus moving forward.

Working as an alliance, Gavi achieves objectives in support of its mission that no single agency or group alone could realise. These include cooperating to accelerate access to underused and new vaccines; innovative performance-based financing and programming approaches to international development aid; strengthening national health and immunisation systems; and introducing innovative immunisation technology. By pooling demand for vaccines from the world’s poorest countries, securing long-term funding and shaping vaccine markets, Gavi are accelerating access to life-saving vaccines in the countries that need them the most.

The Board has recently approved a strategy for the 2021-2025 period. It prioritises reaching people in currently under-served countries. By 2025, it will have broadened Gavi’s scope to include at least 18 infectious diseases. It will strengthen health systems to increase equity in immunisation. It will improve the sustainability of immunisation programmes with support for domestic resource mobilisation. It will also continue to broaden its market-shaping work.

2020 will be an important year for Gavi, with its next replenishment pledging conference being hosted by the UK.

For more information on Gavi, please visit their website at:

The Gavi Governance Structure

Originally hosted by UNICEF at its launch in 2000, Gavi became a Swiss foundation in 2009 and has been granted international institution status in Switzerland with special privileges and immunities. The reorganised governance structure combines attributes of public sector and corporate governance systems. The board, comprising 28 members from governments, partner organisations, civil society organisations and the private sector, is chaired by Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Finance Minister of Nigeria.

Note - UNICEF, WHO and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hold permanent seats, while representatives of other Gavi Partners serve on a time-limited basis.

More information on the Gavi governing board’s function and composition can be found here:

The Gavi Secretariat

The Secretariat is a knowledge-based global strategic health/development partnership comprised of approximately 280 staff. It is responsible for managing the operations of the Gavi business, including

strategy and policy development; advocacy and resource mobilisation; programme delivery, incorporating programme monitoring and evaluation; approving and disbursing funds; collaboration and coordination with other global health agencies; legal and financial management; and support and administration of the Gavi Board and Committees. Offices are located in Geneva and Washington DC. The Secretariat is led by the CEO, Dr Seth Berkley, and supported by the Deputy CEO, Anuradha Gupta, and several teams.

The Role

Key Functions and Deliverables

Reporting to the Managing Director, Finance and Operations, the Director of Finance key functions and deliverables are:

  • Provide strategic guidance to support decision making process of the senior management team ensuring Gavi mission and strategic goals are achieved;
  • Oversee the management of the teams to ensure timely and accurate delivery of services in budgetary and finance related matters to support Gavi programmes;
  • Champion continuous improvements in processes, systems and procedures;
  • Ensure strict compliance to procedures and policies and maintain an effective control environment;
  • Maintain the highest level of financial integrity.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

In leading the Finance teams, the Director of Finance is expected to:

  • Be accountable for the accuracy and relevance of the financial information;
  • Drive the financial forecasts and budgetary process;
  • Ensure the financial and fiduciary stability of Gavi through furnishing of professional advice and pertinent guidance to support the raising and allocation of funds;
  • Ensure that a risk-based approach is fully embedded in all processes;
  • Establish a trusted relation with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Coordinate the contributions to governing bodies (Audit and Finance Committee, Board);
  • Demonstrate key leadership skills and foster a team building culture;
  • Contribute to Gavi’s strategy as a member of the Gavi Leadership team (GLT);
  • Represent the Managing Director, Finance and Operations, as appropriate.

Note: The essential functions listed in this section are not exhaustive of the job responsibilities; other duties may be assigned consistently with the department needs.


  • All departments and teams within the Secretariat;
  • Independent Auditors;
  • Gavi’s donors:
  • Gavi Alliance Audit & Finance Committee and IFFIm.

Candidate Profile

Academic Qualifications:

  • Internationally recognised, advanced qualification in accountancy is a pre-requisite, with current membership of a professional regulatory body such as Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Accountant or equivalent;
  • Familiarity with one or several international accounting standards (US GAAP, UK GAAP and IFRS, IPSAS);
  • Additional qualifications in Business Administration or Management are desirable.


  • A minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible experience in financial management, accounting, reporting, financial analysis and planning preferably in US GAAP, UK GAAP or IFRS or IPSAS environments;
  • At least 10 years’ track record of success in senior management experience in complex organisations with international presence;
  • Experience working with advanced financial systems (ERP such as SAP, Oracle…) is required;
  • Experience in global health sector and/or international not for profit as well as prior donor engagement exposure is a distinctive advantage.



  • Communicates well-reasoned insight and decisions;
  • Able to interact, influence at all levels and establish harmonious and effective working relations, both within and outside the organisation;
  • Combines ability to move at operational, tactical and strategic level;
  • Focuses on delivering results, customer and solution orientated;
  • Proven track record as a leader, ability to coach and develop team members;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Hands on and detailed as/when necessary, combines attention to detail with transforming data to insight tailored to the audience;
  • Integrity and principles-based work ethics and adheres to Gavi’s values;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Working knowledge of French is a plus.
How to Apply

To apply, please send a full CV together with a supporting statement, briefly highlighting your experience and skills against the requirements of the role, to Please quote the role title and assignment code 1911-004L in the subject heading of the email. All applications will be acknowledged.

The closing date for applications is 5th December 2019.

GAVI is committed to diversity within its workforce and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.

About the Organization

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership committed to saving children's lives and protecting people's health by increasing equitable use of vaccines in lower-income countries. The Vaccine Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. Gavi uses innovative finance mechanisms, including co-financing by recipient countries, to secure sustainable funding and adequate supply of quality vaccines. Since 2000, Gavi has contributed to the immunisation of nearly 700 million children and the prevention of more than 10 million future deaths.

More information

Finance Director and CAO.pdf

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